Here are are the rock and metal nominees.It should be a solid year for metal with Body Count, Code Orange, In This Moment, Poppy and Power Trip all nominated in the Best Metal Performance category, while the Best Rock Performance nominees include Fiona Apple, Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers, Haim, Brittany Howard and Grace Potter. 3Dua Lipa / Future NostalgiaPost Malone / Hollywood's BleedingTaylor Swift / FolkloreSong of the Year Beyonce / "Black Parade"Roddy Ricch / "The Box"Taylor Swift / "Cardigan"Post Malone / "Circles"Dua Lipa / "Don't Start Now"Billie Eilish / "Everything I Wanted"H.E.R. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah will host this year's ceremony which will air at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on CBS. 31. You can check out the full list at this location. We've listed some of the key Grammy categories below. / "I Can't Breathe"JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels / "If the World Was Ending"Best New ArtistIngrid AndressPhoebe BridgersChikaNoah CyrusD SmokeDoja CatKaytranadaMegan Thee StallionBest Spoken Word AlbumFlea / Acid for the Children: A MemoirKen Jennings / Alex Trebek: The Answer IsRachel Maddow / Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia and the Richest Most Destructive Industry on EarthRonan Farrow / Catch and KillMeryl Streep / Charlotte's WebBest Compilation Soundtrack for Visual MediaA Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodBill & Ted Face the MusicEurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire SagaFrozen 2Jojo RabbitBest Music FilmBeastie Boys StoryBlack Is KingWe Are Freestyle Love SupremeLinda Ronstadt: The Song of My VoiceThat Little Ol' Band From TexasBest Album NotesAt the Minstrel Show (Various)The Bakersfield Sound (Various)Dead Man's Pop (The Replacements)The Missing Link (Various)Out of a Clear Blue Sky (Nat Brusiloff)Best Comedy AlbumBlack Mitzvah / Tiffany HaddishI Love Everything / Patton OswaltThe Pale Tourist / Jim GaffiganPaper Tiger / Bill Burr23 Hours to Kill / Jerry SeinfeldMetal Grammys Year by Year: Who Really Should Have Won
Source: Every 2021 Rock + Metal Grammy Nominee Revealed
Filed Under: Body Count, Code Orange, grammy awards, in this moment, Poppy, power tripCategories: News And there should be some excitement over Andrew Watt among the Producer nominees for his work on Ozzy Osbourne's Ordinary Man album.The 63rd annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, Jan. 3Haim / Women in Music Pt. Chad ChildersPublished: November 24, 2020Albert Urso, Getty Images / Grizlee Martin, Loudwire / Kevin RC Wilson, LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterGRAMMY nomination day is finally here and a new batch of nominees have learned their musical works have been recognized with nominations. Stay tuned as we update this post.Grammy.comBest Rock PerformanceFiona Apple / "Shameika"Big Thief / "Not"Phoebe Bridgers / "Kyoto"Haim / "The Steps"Brittany Howard / "Stay High"Grace Potter / "Daylight"Best Metal PerformanceBody Count / "Bum-Rush"Code Orange / "Underneath"In This Moment / "The In-Between"Poppy / "Bloodmoney"Power Trip / "Executioner's Tax (Swing of the Axe) (Live)Best Rock Song"Kyoto" / Phoebe Bridgers"Lost in Yesterday" / Tame Impala"Not" / Big Thief"Shameika" / Fiona Apple"Stay High" / Brittany HowardBest Rock AlbumA Hero's Death / Fontaines D.C.Kiwanuka / Michael KiwanukaDaylight / Grace PotterSound & Fury / Sturgill SimpsonThe New Abnormal / The StrokesBest Alternative Music AlbumFiona Apple / Fetch the Bolt CuttersBeck / HyperspacePhoebe Bridgers /Brittany Howard / JaimeTame Impala / The Slow RushProducer of the YearJack AntonoffDan AuerbachDave CobbFlying LotusAndrew WattRecord of the YearBeyonce / "Black Parade"Black Pumas / "Colors"Da Baby featuring Roddy Ricch / "Rockstar"Doja Cat / "Say So"Billie Eilish / "Everything I Wanted"Dua Lipa / "Don't Start Now"Post Malone / "Circles"Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce / "Savage"Album of the YearJhene Aiko / ChilomboBlack Pumas / Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)Coldplay / Everyday LifeJacob Collier / Djesse Vol.

It makes sense. There’s a certain campiness to the '80s that seems to be embraced more and more today under the guise of ‘take your music seriously, but not yourselves.’ What do you miss most about that time period (other than album sales)?JL: I think if we weren’t separated by the pandemic, I could probably persuade Firstborne to do a similar, albeit more ironic, version of that wonderfully awful video.M: Well, I wasn't alive, so I wouldn't really know, but I will tell you, the one maxim that has guided my entire experience in the music industry is that it's supposed to be fun. There's something about the way that urgent synth line gets juxtaposed with the absolutely insane, crushing guitar riff that just activates all of the good brain chemicals.What else were you listening to at the time and how did this song compare?JL: There was a lot of new metal stuff around that time. Joe DiVitaPublished: November 24, 2020FirstborneShare on FacebookShare on TwitterFirstborne — the band comprised of drummer Chris Adler (ex-Lamb of God, ex-Megadeth), bassist James LoMenzo (ex-White Lion, ex-Megadeth), guitarist Myrone and singer Girish Pradhan — have partnered with Loudwire to bring you the exclusive premiere of their thrashy cover of Journey's pounding fan-favorite, "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)."On their original songs, Firstborne embrace a mix of classic heavy metal and rock with shades of thrash to give the music a deft balance between aggressive and anthemic.With "Separate Ways" Firstborne retain their core values, indulging their anthemic side just a bit more, as is only natural when tackling this stomp 'n' pomp classic. What was so impactful about his style?JL: Again, I was on board with Journey from their first album. When I met and performed with Girish across India I knew I’d met one of very few people in the world that could take this on and make it his own. Bass in giant arenas works best if it’s simple and to the point, but If people are sharing live music, any kind, then that’s where it’s at. Insane. "Separate Ways" was so cool! He has it all — fire, fury and taste!M: One of my favorite things about Neal Schon is that he was one of Prince's favorite guitar players. his guitar collection? They were actually more of a progressive band, so I was already hip to Schon’s amazing ability, let alone his playing in Santana previously. We can do anything — let’s have fun and share."The track comes on the heels of the recently released original single, "Sacred Lights" as Firstborne continue to churn out fresh songs following the five-track self-titled EP, which came out earlier this year in June.Listen to Firstborne's cover of Journey's "Separate Ways" below and read our interview with LoMenzo and Myrone further down the page.Follow Firstborne on Facebook, Instagram and Spotify to stay up to date with everything the band is doing.Firstborne, "Separate Ways" (Journey Cover)FIRSTBORNE — INTERVIEWDo you remember the first time you heard “Separate Ways” or, at least, have a recollection of this song from your youth?James Lomenzo: I was a fan of Journey’s from their very first album released in 1975. When Escape came out in ’81, I was totally sucked in — so many great songs!Everyone was really interested in their next record, which was Frontiers. There are so many better ways of making money in this lifetime, so if I'm going to make a living doing music, it HAS to be fun.Doing this full-time is stressful. "I’ve always wanted to cover a Journey song and always thought of ‘Separate Ways’ as their 'heaviest.' The problem was always the same. I alas, only had my standard issue black Schott motorcycle jacket.M: I've only worked up to the Canadian tuxedo phase of my wardrobe. Also… Neal can rip it up with the best of them, but he can also write the Hell out of a song, which I think is more impressive than any of the technical stuff. I'm hoping that with a little more time, effort, and maybe some blood and tears, I too can one day achieve the white leather jacket look.Neal Schon’s abilities seem to fly under the radar with the younger generations. The same plodding, nervous edge that plays out over the verse is perfectly intact and it's the chorus that gets a boost courtesy of Adler's kick drum flurries that beef this up with modern metal overtones."It's hard to not appreciate Journey," said Adler."As a musician I’ve always greatly appreciated their individual talents that combined into something so contagious," the drummer continued. There's so many emotions involved and the correlation between hours put in and money received isn't always positive. Legendary ripper.As a bassist, what excites you the most about playing a steady arena rocker versus something more technically-minded?JL: I like it all — technical, simple. That’s the goal of the group. After the huge success of Escape what have they go to be so angry about?" [laughs]Myrone: I vaguely remember hearing this as a kid in the car. When I spend 90 billion hours crafting the perfect guitar solo for a track that ultimately doesn't make the record, you better bet your bottom dollar I had a good time doing it or I wouldn't have done it at all.Another note on the music video regarding the woman who is a central figure… have any of you, at any point, ever owned a white leather jacket? I’ll say that having toured with AC/DC early on, I came to really appreciate arena rock in it’s best light —fill that giant room with something big, broad and powerful!55 Best Metal Covers of Classic Rock Hits 
Source: Firstborne (Adler, LoMenzo) Debut Thrashy Journey Cover ‘Separate Ways’
Filed Under: chris adler, Firstborne, James LoMenzoCategories: Exclusive, News Interestingly, "Separate Ways" seemed in the ballpark as far as aggression.The original music video is widely regarded as the embodiment of cringeworthy. No one can sing it. It’s pretty much the coolest rock ’n’ roll accessory.JL: My brother Peter picked one up back then. It had a decidedly heavier edge and Steve Perry’s grittier vocal style seemed to give the song and the band a brand new coat of paint.I remember thinking, “This sounds angry.

It's something we sank our teeth into creatively, as much as a record, and I'm excited for everyone to see and hear what we've got to show them."Watch a trailer for the "Fuck Content" streaming event below. a lot of different elements together,” said Puciato.Further elaborating on his artistic aim, he continued, "I wanted to make the modern equivalent of a VHS release you would have bought from a band decades ago, but with more of an arthouse sensibility. Like any other thing I've released, and that we've released with [my record label] Federal Prisoner, it was born from excitement, and flamed up really quickly from the initial spark into what it became.""Jesse (Draxler, Federal Prisoner label-partner and acclaimed visual artist) and I were having a conversation about making a visual release, to tie into my record, that would include live performance," Puciato went on, "but also much more, and got to talking about the idea of ‘content,’ how dumb and revolting the idea of, and emphasis on, ‘content’ is overall, and how the opposite of content is substance, that we needed to make sure whatever we made had real substance."As for the inspiration for the title of this event, it was a spur of the moment idea."We were both ranting about it and at one point I said, ‘fuck content,’ and that was the spark we needed to build up the fire to start putting this together," Puciato explained. Get your ticket here, where you'll also find exclusive event-specific merch as well. 11 streaming event, "Fuck Content," which rails against the new norm of virtual performance.The singer and multi-instrumentalist, who released his solo record Child Soldier of God, already this year as well as the sophomore album, Reluctant Hero, with Killer Be Killed, insists this is a multimedia project that will serve as a natural extension of his that solo effort."'Fuck Content' is just another creative release, but in a different medium, marrying visual art, audio, live performance, studio footage … The show is set for 11PM GMT / 6PM ET / 3PM PT / 10AM NSW.Greg Puciato, "Fuck Content" Streaming Event TrailerThe Best Metal Song of Each Year Since 1970 
Source: Greg Puciato: ‘F–k Content’ Streaming Event Isn’t a Normal Livestream Show
Filed Under: greg puciato, Killer Be Killed, The Black Queen, the dillinger escape planCategories: News Joe DiVitaPublished: November 24, 2020Evil Robb Photography, LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterGreg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed and The Black Queen fame, as well as a solo artist, has just announced an artsy Dec. "As we were making it, it took twists and turns, and new ideas formed, just like making a record, and we just followed them to their natural end points."The rocker urged that this was not just a matter of formality in a world where touring is firmly on hold."This, for me, is a release, as much as any other," he affirmed, "it's not a livestream, it's not some way to placate people who aren't seeing shows, or to keep me busy.

The singer giddily showed off some Deftones merch and reported that he's quite fond of the California-based band's new album, Ohms, their ninth studio effort.Deftones subsequently shared the Story on their own Instagram, as did the group's bassist, Sergio Vega, via his personal page. "I'm absolutely loving your new record Ohms!"However, it's seemingly not the first time the jazzy songster has displayed his love for the band. In the Story, he also tagged the record's title track, as Metal Hammer pointed out, and offered some encouraging words for the group."Thank you @deftones for the swag!" Bublé enthused. From there, other fans lit up Reddit and Twitter with word of Bublé's Deftones fandom.The vocalist's unexpected rep for the band showed him jumping in the air while wearing one of the exclusive Deftones hoodies manufactured for the Ohms album cycle. Still, when one looks deep enough, there are plenty of celebrities who are likewise unabashed metalheads.It just goes to show that you never know who's listening.See Deftones in the 66 Best Hard Rock Songs of the 21st Century
Source: Pop Crooner Michael Bublé Is a Deftones Fan, Says He’s Loving ‘Ohms’
Filed Under: DeftonesCategories: News As listeners on Reddit recalled, Bublé previously praised Deftones' work when their preceding album, 2016's Gore, came out.Is it surprising that the soulful crooner has a penchant for the Deftones? Philip TrappPublished: November 24, 2020Ethan Miller / Jason Oxenham, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterMichael Bublé, Deftones fan?That's right — the Canadian traditional pop crooner known for his smooth vocals and jubilant Christmas renditions is a big fan of the Chino Moreno-led rockers.It's something Bublé made apparent this week by way of an Instagram Story on his official profile at the photo and video-sharing social network. Perhaps.

Ultimately, he said, "I'm happy we did it."Ulrich then segued from St. Ulrich went on, "And of all the shit – pandemics, fires, politics, race problems, and just fucking looking at the state of the world – it’s so easy just to so fall into a depressive state. But writing always makes me feel enthusiastic about what’s next. Bridgers professed to being a longtime Metallica fan and acknowledged that her passion for metal doesn't translate much within her music despite this fandom.Throughout the interview, the two hit on time-honored controversy regarding Ulrich's battle against early 2000s music pirating giant Napster as well as the portion of Metallica's fan base who only regard certain album as "real" Metallica records.Bridgers even engaged in some controversy of her own, declaring that the group's divisive 2003 effort, St. It’s like, 'Fuck, there’s an opportunity here to still make the best record, to still make a difference. To still do something that not even turns other people on, but turns me on.'"While fans await a new Metallica record, hoping they won't endure another eight-year drought that they experienced between the release of Death Magnetic and Hardwired… Anger to the current day and revealed the writing process for the presumed follow-up to 2016's Hardwired… The work continues and drummer Lars Ulrich has now confirmed that the band has engaged in some "serious writing" over the last three to four weeks.The drummer spoke with American indie folk star Phoebe Bridgers as part of Rolling Stone's 'Musicians on Musicians' interview series. Anger, is a "great record."The drummer remained supportive of that album, noting the approach of "no rules" when writing the music. To Self-Destruct. Tiding headbangers over in the interim, Metallica released new versions of "Blackened" and "Disposable Heroes" as well as the S&M2 live album and concert film.Metallica: A Photo Timeline of Their Remarkable Career 
Source: Lars Ulrich: Metallica Are Weeks Into ‘Some Pretty Serious Writing’
Filed Under: lars ulrich, MetallicaCategories: News to Self-Destruct is going well. "We’re three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing," he affirmed.The work has more meaning that simply writing new music — it's a much-needed catharsis amid a chaotic year. Joe DiVitaPublished: November 24, 2020Jeff Yeager/Michael Ochs Archives, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterEven with touring off the table, 2020 has been an incredibly productive year for Metallica.

A tweet from Sevendust also revealed that they'll dish out all of Animosity "and then some," leaving the opportunity for some additional surprises.Tickets for the show, which will be broadcast by OPAV in Orlando, Florida, are available now. Next year is looking at least just as busy onstage as they've just revealed they'll be playing their 2001 record Animosity in its entirety on Jan. This time, fans will get more than "Angel's Son," "Praise" and "Shine," which were all featured, as the veteran hard rock outfit prepares to play the remaining 10 tracks off the RIAA gold-certified record.The nearly 56-minute third effort from the five-piece isn't all that's on deck for the Jan. Head here to purchase and for more info.Meanwhile, if there's a nagging Sevendust itch to scratch, drummer Morgan Rose recently announced his debut solo EP alongside the new track "The Answer." Get the scoop here.See Sevendust in 13 Artists Talking About the Best 13th Albums by Rock + Metal Bands
Source: Sevendust to Play ‘Animosity’ Album in Full at 2021 Livestream Show
Filed Under: sevendustCategories: News Joe DiVitaPublished: November 23, 2020Evil Robb PhotographyShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSevendust just dropped their 13th album, Blood & Stone, earlier this year and celebrated with a livestream release day event that served as their one and only concert performance for all of 2020. 8 with another livestream set.In the career-spanning set from Sevendust's 2020 livestream gig, Animosity was the most heavily favored as the band played three songs from that record, the most material off any album during that show. 8 show.

Graham HartmannPublished: November 23, 2020YouTube: michaelgreccoShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIf you’re gonna call someone out, do it from the stage. “Limp Bizkit sucks cock!” Zakk Wylde randomly screamed out during one of their songs, adding, “Another nail in fuckin’ Fred Durst’s motherfuckin’ coffin.” Thankfully, Wylde and Durst have since buried the hatchet.Before Guns N’ Roses reunited for one of the biggest tours in history, bad blood festered between Axl Rose and his Appetite for Destruction bandmates for years. Zakk Wylde actually called out Limp Bizkit during a 2002 gig in Detroit, which was recorded for the band’s Boozed, Broozed, and Broken-Boned DVD. In a time of Twitter feuds and comments section drama, we sometimes forget the glory of pro-wrestling style call-outs, which are often caught on tape.A few bands have had beef with Limp Bizkit over the years, including Slipknot and Black Label Society. Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten and Ramones’ Marky Ramone came to verbal blows in front of an audience, arguing over their own credentials. During one gig in the 2000s, Axl commented on the feud in between songs. “Slash may sound like the De La Hoya, but he’s the fucking Vargas,” Axl said, referencing a boxing match where Oscar De La Hoya beat Fernando Vargas by TKO. “They’re a bunch of a bad cops and I’m the fuckin’ Serpico and they can suck my dick.”One of the few times feuding musicians were actually onstage together was during a Punk panel. Marky accused Johnny of not “walking the walk” when it came to punk, while Johnny lambasted Marky as “not even an original Ramone.”Check out these Musicians Calling Each Other Out Onstage in the Loud List below.Musicians Calling Each Other Out Onstage12 Stories Behind the People on Iconic Rock + Metal Album Covers
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It’s like, "STOP!" …but don’t stop as well.As much as I think it's kind of not the best to have one in the chamber, I don’t necessarily think it's great for us to release a double album. But when he did, and then I got a copy of the test pressing, I sat down with some friends in my music room and listened to it on the turntable. When you are in there and you’re creating something with such a heavyweight you want to be sure you listen to every detail and make sure it's the best you can create at that moment for him.There's already an overabundance of material for the new album. But I think it’s tough to listen to, to be honest. For some of our super fans that maybe own them on like a seven inch record.These days it's maybe a little bit rarer — no pun intended — for people to go and sit down and listen to seven inches. When are we going to go looking and can’t find it anymore?"That is always a fear that a lot of musicians and artists go through.Sometimes you do have a mild case of writer's block or maybe you have a severe case of writer's block. I’m not going to say it has become this therapeutic thing because I don’t know… They are over here they are over there. It's sort of a no-pressure situation, especially if they dig it.We sent them the rough track of the demo and they were like, "Yes, that's killer." I think the first thing that we sent over was a little too dark and depressing — like we do. The lyrics and things will trigger these memories, not that every single thing… It's kind of a ritual of the past if you will. It has been something I have been unable to turn off. Basically, I did a clown every day for 101 days straight. They described a scene to us, showed us the scene and we had to sort of tailor it around that. When you are handed this narrative it makes it a lot easier because for us, usually, we are coming up with our own narratives and our own storytelling.Mastodon, "Rufus Lives"Writing for somebody else and just plucking one song out of the repertoire makes it easy and makes it kind of fun. It would take me an hour to send the text message with the clown embedded in the message there because I don’t have social media or anything.So, that is what I did.WarnerMastodon are working on a new album that's a creative representation of Nick John, your late manager. The clown would take me about anywhere from five to seven hours to do. The ones that we are wanting to play more than the other ones, those are the ones that are going to make it. They were kind of wanting this party rock 'n' roll vibe that's a little lighter and a little more fun. We were jamming the other day and we had like 30 songs we could be running through and we started writing something brand new. I knew that we wanted a way to release "Fallen Torches" that wasn't just like, “Oh, here's a song." So, it made more sense to do this [Medium Rarities compilation] where we could get all these all these loose-leaf songs together.Mastodon, "Fallen Torches"It's very rare for us to go and do a loose-leaf song.We always are like putting our efforts into a full album experience. It’s where we put those things.Mastodon has become that… Especially for us, it's sort of where we deal with some of the tougher things life can deal you. In a lot of ways, he was like the fifth member almost, so, for us to sidestep that isn’t going to be able to happen.The pandemic is going to lend itself to so much art and music — it’s going to be in the lyrics of a lot of the songs that are going to be coming out. I have been constantly going. We were talking the other day were relearning the song "Thickening" from The Hunter and I remember Nick John would call me up, I'd answer the phone, and be like, "Hello," and would recite one of the lyrics from the song and it goes like, “Wrapped up like a baby,” and I started cracking up.Mastodon, "Thickening"It is getting a little bit easier but listening back to the demos, it's just kind of devastating. It was actually very cool.It's very eclectic all over the place and it's got "Fallen Torches" in there and I'm into it. That’s too much [laughs] but I think it is coming into focus now. He was one of our biggest fans. We have an abundance of material and a lot of really great things. Find out where you can hear Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio show here.Where Does Brann Dailor Rank Among the Top 66 Hard Rock + Metal Drummers of All Time?  
Source: Mastodon May Immediately Record a Second New Album If Pandemic Persists
Filed Under: Brann Dailor, MastodonCategories: News The hardest part is going to be picking the ones that go on the actual album because there are too many songs at this point. I would get up at eight o' clock in the morning and make coffee and sit at my coffee table, crack my sketchbook open and start to draw the daily clown which by the end of the day I would send around to about 40-50 different people.It kind of turned into a snowball and it started with five or six people getting the daily clown and by the end of it, there were about 50 people or so. The drummer discussed the band's latest compilation release, Medium Rarities, which was led by the new single, "Fallen Torches," and looked forward to the group's next full length record.With over 30 songs written, Mastodon aren't planning to release everything together as a double album. So if there was any sort of silver lining from this horrible pandemic for me then it's the two to three months that we decided not to come to the studio and not engage in Mastodon activities.I took the opportunity to focus my artistic efforts elsewhere and not in music, such as drawing. It's also a little bit stressful because I feel we have had too much time off. You can have those special memories that make you laugh. Like a lot of groups, we have had too much time and we're constantly working. They told us the situation what was happening and so that's pretty much an easy thing to do I think. It’s like, “Oh, I remember that?" It's like a trip down memory lane when I sit and listen to it.I wasn't paying too much attention to it when it first came together. We want to put maybe 10-12 songs on the album and we have like 30.Scott Legato, Getty ImagesThat's a lot.That’s a lot. Before, we had a lot of those opportunities over the years like Aqua Teen Hunger Force or Game Of Thrones.It's awesome and we love when those opportunities come up and we love being associated with things like that. 24/7 has been how it's been going for about 20 years plus. It’s exciting to me because every time you go to approach writing new stuff, you say, "Well, when is this well going to dry up? I don’t see the problem recording a full length album and then because of the fact that we are not going to be able to go on tour immediately, record another full length album not far after.I think that that's a possibility that we will have an abundance of music and we will have an abundance of stuff that we really dig that we can release to the public while we are still in this muck.Mastodon are part of the Bill and Ted Face the Music movie soundtrack with a track called "Rufus Lives." How does the connotation of a song change by association when its connected to the whole other story of a move?We had a few of those riffs where its sort of put together and they had been loosely specific about what they wanted. Everything we do from now on is going to be in some way dedicated to him because he was such an integral part of our existence and we miss him a lot.It was such a heavy loss for our group.We have dealt with loss and we have put the loss into the music, but it was more for each person — it was for someone each person [lost] but this person was sort of the center of the Mastodon universe. We also want to honor him so it's very important that the song does great and that we do feel like the songs are great, and that they do honor him and that it is something that he would have fallen in love with. It's just a super fun life experience.Brann, what's the hardest part about making unrelated songs come together as a cohesive album?First I was all for it — releasing ["Fallen Torches"] because those songs are kind of like shrapnel. when I think about Nick John, it is a sad thing, but at the moment it still is half and half. The fact that over 20 years we have collected all these little cover songs and bits and pieces, it seemed like a good idea to get them all together.Now, the track listing itself, I think [bassist and co-vocalist] Troy [Sanders] sat and kind of poured over the way to arrange all of them. It's just cool to be folded into another sort of pop culture moment. If you're a child of the '80s like we all were, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure was a super fun and awesome movie.It seemed like it was tailor-made for rockers in that era so it's really cool to be a part of all that stuff. It's good to get them all together in the collection.It's almost like a photo album for me. I back it.I love the artwork and I just think it's a cool package. It's a riffer and it's really fun to play and was really fun to put together. It's sort of hard for us to do that, come to find out.The first thing that we sent over they said, "That's a little doom and gloom. It’s a cool thing for fans and there's a lot of our fans that either haven't heard of some of those songs or didn't even know they existed. Full Metal JackiePublished: November 23, 2020Jimmy Hubbard, Warner Bros.Share on FacebookShare on TwitterMastodon's Brann Dailor was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio program. That isn’t the case with us, luckily. Do you want to lighten it up a little bit?" We were like, "Oh yeah, sorry."It's hard to not be yourself, but I still really like the song. It’s the thing that is kind of impossible to put to the side when you are creating art. When I’m off tour I am thinking about what we are going to do for the next tour — T-shirt designs, what is next for music… We're a full album band or that's how we consider ourselves. I would send him a riff that I had recorded on my phone that I recorded at practice like, "Dude, listen to this riff," and he would call me a couple of minutes later and just talk about the riff for 20 minutes.He was always super supportive and he loved our band. We have been a lucky band. But even with the ones we are really, really digging there are still too many of those — there are like 20 of those.There is always room for new ideas too. We had the shut down for a couple of months, but we're back at it.I guess it's a good thing we're still wanting to come down here and wanting to work on our 20-year-old project that we have been calling Mastodon. What does having that much music reveal about the process of making a Mastodon album, and the band in general?It is a good problem to have. the list goes on.When the shutdown happened it has probably been the first time I have been able to shut Mastodon off from my brain.It was kind of a weird feeling, but I liked it because it was much needed. He was our biggest cheerleader. I knew that we were going to release it. I think a lot of people maybe do that but it's much more common for people to listen on Spotify or listen on whatever streaming service they pay into or to have it on a CD even or to have it on a full-length album to have all that stuff together so you're not like breaking out one seven inch and another seven inch — let me see if I can find that Feist cover and listen to that…So, this is a convenient package and a good way to celebrate 20 years of us being a band.Thanks to Brann Dailor for the interview, Grab your copy of Mastodon's 'Medium Rarities' here (as Amazon affiliates we earn on qualifying purchases) and follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify. What's comforting and distracting when the basis of music is being built with so much emotional vulnerability?Well I would say that a lot of the subject matter that's gonna pop up, the majority of it is going to be focused around him. How has the abrupt shutdown of the pandemic made you change the way you might allocate your energy in the future?You are correct. However, Dailor did mention that if the band is unable to tour amid a persistent pandemic, there's a chance they'll go back into the studio and track a follow-up record to the one that is expected to arrive some time next year.Elsewhere, the drummer explained Mastodon's involvement with the Bill and Ted Face the Music film soundtrack, for which they contributed the song "Rufus Lives."Read the full chat below.You've always been immersed in Mastodon — literally around the clock, seven days a week, year after year.

Chad ChildersPublished: November 21, 2020Metal BladeShare on FacebookShare on TwitterDeath metallers can get in the holiday spirit too! 18 at 7PM ET / 4PM PT, featuring live performances, special guests and plenty more. At present, they have a solid run of European shows booked for the first few months of 2022. You won't want to miss it!"The special livestream concert event is set to take place on Friday, Dec. Live music from albums new and old, skits, cartoons, Ham Sanitizer … In addition, the band will be selling special merch bundles commemorating this special show. See the tour dates here.Metal Blade2020's Best Metal Albums (So Far)
Source: The Black Dahlia Murder Putting on ‘Yule ‘Em All’ Holiday Livestream Concert
Filed Under: the black dahlia murderCategories: News You can currently purchase tickets and check out the special merchandise at this location.The Black Dahlia Murder issued their latest album, Verminous, earlier this year, and while the pandemic has cut down on touring for 2020, the band does have plans to tour the record. Just take The Black Dahlia Murder for example, as the band has announced their "Yule 'Em All" holiday variety extravaganza coming up next month.Frontman Trevor Strnad comments, "We in The Black Dahlia Murder have been hard at work assembling what will surely be the most major holiday event since Tickle Me Elmo dropped. Clear your calendars for Dec 18!!! it's all here and waiting for your eager bloodshot eyeballs to blissfully consume!

He played in a couple of bands in high school before founding Bring Me the Horizon, signing with the label Thirty Days of Night Records for BMTH's first EP, This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For, as noted in Drowned in Sound. Sykes has noted Pantera and the Misfits' influence on him, among other bands, but none were as profound as Linkin Park and Chester Bennington. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: November 20, 2020Chiaki Nozu, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIt's not often that a 17-year-old forms a band that goes on to become a household name, but Oli Sykes did it when he started Bring Me the Horizon in 2004.Sykes was born on Nov. Him as a vocalist and his band are genuinely responsible for the path I chose in life.” he told Kerrang! The impact Sykes and the band have had on modern heavy music is undeniable.Explore the gallery below to see photos of Oli Sykes through the years.11 Metal Musicians Who Killed It In Other Genres
Source: See Photos of Bring Me the Horizon’s Oli Sykes Through the Years
Filed Under: Bring Me the Horizon, Oli SykesCategories: News They've been both praised and ridiculed, but ultimately emerged triumphant after experimenting with different sounds and genres while growing a massively loyal fanbase. after the singer died in 2017.Bring Me the Horizon have gone through varying periods throughout their career. "I know we’ve lost a lot of great artists over the years, but no-one had the impact and influence on my life that he did. 20, 1986 in a town in Kent, England called Ashford.

Chad ChildersPublished: November 20, 2020Photo: David JacksonShare on FacebookShare on TwitterWhat?! Plus, the band will debut their new anthem "Fuck 2020," which reimagines the Heavy Metal Rules favorite "Fuck Everybody."Steel PantherThen, on Dec. 5). So toss out the "Auld Lang Syne" and serve up a truly righteous farewell to the year that was as Steel Panther rock "Fuck 2020." The group will be joined for this event by Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho.Steel PantherYou can actually catch both virtual concerts for the price of $20 (deal valid until Dec. "We are saying up front that this is Almost Live," states the press release. 31, be sure to ring in the new year with The Almost Live – Formal as Fuck New Year's Eve Special. Both shows will start at 2PM PT and tickets as well as exclusive merch for the concerts can be purchased here.Steel PantherSee Steel Panther's Satchel in the 30 Most Underrated Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists
Source: Steel Panther Announce ‘Gobblefest’ + ‘Formal as F**k’ Livestream Concerts
Filed Under: Steel PantherCategories: News You didn't think Steel Panther were packing it in for the holidays, did you? 5 for Gobblefest, hilariously subtitled "Gobbling Isn't Just for the Holidays, livestream. The over-the-top rockers are ready to "double your pleasure" this holiday season, announcing their "Gobblefest" and "Formal as Fuck" livestream events.The group will venture to the longtime Sunset Strip hot spot The Viper Room on Dec. Longtime Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer will step in to help out the group during the concert, while other surprise guests are also expected to join in the festivities.

To confess, to acknowledge and to accept these mistakes, can be a very painful process – however, unescapable when the burden becomes too heavy.”The band refers to the track as "a heavy kick ass song with that old school Within Temptation vibe" in announcing the release. Check out the lyrics for the song below.Got no scars cut on my skin,only my truth is wearing thinand it hollows me.It hollows me.I hate the darkness of my past.The cold rebelling, it drives me madand it follows me.It’s carving the heart out of me.I’ve got to bleed it out.All my thought intoxicated ‘cause the weight on me.It buries me alive.It pulls me down right into the darkness.It pulls me down and I can’t resist.Let me feel it ‘cause I don’t know, I can’t see.All I feel is I'm breaking up.Oh, can’t you see it’s taking over, over me.Can’t you see?Yeah, you want me to fight it and you want me to let go.Yeah, you tell me to fight it and you damn me if I don’t.So, let me bleed it out and purge me.I can't see, no I can't see, no I can't see.And I feel I'm breaking.My defiance made me strongbut now I’m doubting what I have doneand it's killing me, it's killing me.I hate to see what I’ve become.I find no peace, no justice done,This gravity, it's carving the heart out of me.I’ve got to bleed it out.All my thoughts intoxicated, 'cause the weight on meIt buries me alive.It pulls me down right into the darkness.It pulls me down and I can’t resist.Let me feel it 'cause I don’t know, I can’t see.All I feel is I'm breaking up.Oh can’t you see it’s taking over, over me.Can’t you see?Yeah, you want me to fight it and you want me to let go.Yeah, you tell me to fight it and you damn me if I don’t.So, let me bleed it out and purge me,I can't see, no I can't see, no I can't see.Within Temptation continue to work toward a new studio album. Chad ChildersPublished: November 20, 2020Force MusicShare on FacebookShare on TwitterWithin Temptation are back with their second new song of 2020, releasing a brand new single called "The Purge."It's a soaring track built on a backdrop of heavy synth that accentuates the power vocals of singer Sharon den Adel. You can hear the song in full in the player below and find the track on the platform of your choosing at this location. Earlier this summer, Sharon den Adel told Full Metal Jackie, This new album that will be about social matters I think. For me, that was a very important source of inspiration and it will be for the next album."Within Temptation, "The Purge"See Within Temptation in the 66 Best Metal Songs of 2019
Source: Within Temptation Unveil Soaring New Single ‘The Purge’
Filed Under: within temptationCategories: News You start realizing you've made mistakes, causing harm to not only others but also to yourself. A lot of things are changing in the world and we should be more aware of it. The vocalist says of the track, "'The Purge’ revolves around self-reflection and a search for redemption”, No one gets through life without scars or without inflicting them on others and there will always be moments in your life you start questioning your choices. We are in our own rollercoaster and things are going fine, but sometimes you need to take a look at the bigger picture. With Resist it was about your privacy laws and those kinds of things. Maybe a lot of people do that, but I know a lot folks only focus on music.

Miley Cyrus is releasing a rock album, Doja Cat put on a metal performance at the MTV Europe Awards, and now Rihanna was seen sporting a new metal look — a Pantera shirt dressed with a mullet.We're not mad about it, it just seems to have become a recurring theme lately.Rihanna isn't a stranger to the metal genre, though. Last year, it came out that Slipknot were supposedly her favorite band, and she's been seen repping metal bands on shirts in the past. The best part about this Pantera tribute, perhaps, is the marijuana leaf the logo is paired with.See the images below.We're not sure if this look indicates that Rihanna will be releasing heavy music anytime soon, but if she's down, then so are we.The 12 Most 'Metal' Artists That Aren't Actually Metal
Source: Rihanna Sports Metal Look With Pantera Shirt + Mullet
Filed Under: PanteraCategories: News Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: November 19, 2020Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Scott Gries, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterOf all of the bizarre things that've happened in 2020, one of the trends we've seen in recent weeks is pop stars giving nods to rock and metal.

Girish, Myrone and James have the exact locker room mentality of 'kill 'em all! but let's make sure everyone is okay and having a kick-ass time' that I try and bring to everything I do. Some things have changed. This may not be exactly what people expect from me right now, and I'm aware and embrace that. 'This is right' is now my alarm clock. I'm have a platform to present something important, true and collaborative," reflected Adler (via Blabbermouth) earlier this year."Creating Firstborne beckons cohesiveness as a mission statement," the drummer continued, adding, "This is not about being mad all the time, egos or fabricating polarizing drama. Firstborne is the result of all of my experiences, both positive and negative, and I'm proud of what we are doing together."Firstborne, "Sacred Lights"2020's Best Metal Songs (So Far)
Source: Firstborne, Featuring Chris Adler + James LoMenzo, Power Up New Song ‘Sacred Lights’
Filed Under: chris adler, James LoMenzoCategories: News From the start, I sought out the best players I could find to work alongside. It's been an incredible journey that is clearly not over. Have a look below.Like its predecessor, "Sacred Lights" appears to be a standalone single, though there's always the possibility it could be added to a full album at a later date."I've been incredibly fortunate in my creative endeavors. It's time for something new. Having already issued a five-song EP and followed not long after with the standalone single "Cut the Strings," the band, which features ex-Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and ex-Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo, have revealed a video for the new track "Sacred Lights."The song is a jolt of high energy, allowing for singer Girish Pradham to deliver his soaring metal vocals over a fast paced old school metal backing with a little classical guitar work thrown in for good measure. The video is a mix of performance footage with quit cutting imagery of earthly disasters and mass unrest. Chad ChildersPublished: November 19, 2020Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Chad Childers, LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterFirstborne continue to roll out new music as 2020 continues.

Watch a trailer for the graphic novel below.Among the Living Graphic Novel Trailer20 Must-Have Rock + Metal Band Comics, Graphic Novels + Coffee Table Books(As Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases)
Source: Anthrax Unveil ‘Among the Living’ Graphic Novel for Band’s 40th Anniversary
Filed Under: AnthraxCategories: News I was ecstatic when Josh Bernstein brought the idea to us to do a graphic novel based on our album Among the Living. Holy crap! I wrote lyrics about comics and horror and they connected with people all over the world. The amount of talent that is going into this project is astounding, I scratch my head just thinking about it!”Among the Living Graphic Novel ArtworkZ2 ComicsAmong the Living will be available in a variety of formats: deluxe and super deluxe editions which include a special vinyl picture disc, an exclusive 'MadBalls' toy, art print and a gold record plaque. I made a wish list of writers/artists/musicians that I would love to be a part of this not really thinking we’d get them.I was aiming high, the list had Grant Morrison’s name at the top – and Grant said yes. Brian Azzarello said yes. Music joined the party and became my constant as well. This idea has stayed with me, I’d never written it down, it was one of those ideas that would smack me in the face every few months demanding to be recognized. My world was shaped by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko et al. Aside from touting other notable names from the world of comics is an enticing list of rock and metal collaborators — Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Rob Zombie, Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy) as well as Gerard and Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance).On top of all this, guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante worked together (alongside comic publisher 2000 AD) on an original story inspired by "I Am the Law." Benante even drew an original cover to coincide with the tale.For Ian, the materialization of this new comic is a decades-long dream come true. Joe DiVitaPublished: November 19, 2020Courtesy of AnthraxShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIn 2021, Anthrax will celebrate their 40th anniversary as a band. Commemorating this milestone is an all-new graphic novel based in their landmark 1987 record, Among the Living. My earliest childhood memories are of the Hulk, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor and the X-Men fighting to save the Earth. He's been sitting on a Judge Dredd storyline for a while now and, 33 years after releasing the song "I Am the Law," there is finally an opportunity for the band to tie their music together with the anti-hero fixture.He said,Comics are one of the two things (the other thing being Horror) that I’ve been into longer than music.I started reading comics when I started reading.  As a fan of the Judge Dredd series since the '80s, it was an honor to create cover art based off of Dredd and Judge Death. You have to ask right? Jones, Greg Nicotero, Corey Taylor, Rob Zombie, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Joe Trohman, Gerard & Mikey Way – they all said yes. The collaborative project, being released through Z2 Comics, unites an all-star lineup of writers and artists and even features an on-the-page appearance by the iconic Judge Dredd, the comic character whom Anthrax wrote about on "I Am the Law."The Among the Living graphic novel stars Anthrax mascot "Not Man" as you've never seen him before, completely redesigned by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). Eric Powell, J.G. I just didn’t have an outlet for it.And then I did have an outlet with this project but, we didn’t have the rights to use Dredd in our book. I felt that it was the perfect time and opportunity to fulfill that dream."The drummer went on, "I am a lifelong artist and have been drawing during the pandemic more than ever, so I had the idea to bring my own artwork to this project. And there my friends is the moment where everything came full circle for me as a life-long comic nerd and the as the guy in Anthrax. And now for the 40th (40!!!) anniversary of Anthrax I get to cross the streams and merge my constants with a graphic novel (comic) celebrating the album that made such a mark on the planet it has allowed us to be a band as long as we want to be a band – Among the Living.Getting to be a part of this process – choosing writers and artists to express what these songs mean to them has been incredible. To get your copy, visit the Z2 Comics webshop. So we sent my idea to the kind folks at Rebellion and they green-lit my story. All these artists that I’ve been a fan of for decades felt the same way about comics and music as I did. Thank you Among the Living for making it all happen.“Doing a comic book has always been a huge goal for me," added Benante, who continued, "I’ve tried for years, but something always comes up and sidetracks me. The worlds they created opened my mind to the endless possibilities of my own imagination and set me on a path towards everything that came after.Comics were/are my constant. I started a band. It was an idea I actually talked to Grant about one night after an Anthrax show in Glasgow over a few drinks. I couldn’t have been happier with how things were going and I haven’t even gotten to the best part (for me) yet.I pitched a Judge Dredd story for I Am The Law that I’d been thinking about for a while.

You are the defender of the landFrom the hills to the horizon – from the holy to the desperate and the damnedHe said, You are the Kings Before YouThat reigned before you became the heir to the throneAnd like the Kings Before YouI can assure you will never stand alone. Pre-order your copy here and view the album art beneath the video player for the new song.Rounding out Durbin (who played rhythm guitar) on the album are drummer Mike Vanderhule (Y&T), bassist Barry Sparks (ex-Ted Nugent, ex-Dokken) as well as guitarists Jon Yadon Jr., Marc Putnman, Dylan Rose and Nick Gallant."I’ve found a home for my creativity with Frontiers. No, noBefore I leave you on the mountain – You must stare into my eyesSee your failures & your fortunes – You’ve now lived a thousand livesThere’s no future in your past – There’s no flaw in my designKeep your head & keep your horns sharp – You’ll understand in timeYou are the Kings Before YouThat reigned before you became the heir to the throneAnd like the Kings Before YouI can assure you will never stand aloneNo, no – No, no – No, no – No!The Beast Awakens will be released on Feb. 12 through Frontiers Music SRL. Chris Jericho + Phil DemmelJames Durbin, The Beast Awakens Album ArtFrontiers Music SRLThe 66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century
Source: James Durbin Debuts New Band With ‘Kings Before You’ Feat. You are the defender of the landFrom the hills to the horizon – from the holy to the desperate and the damnedHe said, You are the Kings Before YouThat reigned before you became the heir to the throneAnd like the Kings Before YouI can assure you will never stand alone. It really forced me to write by myself and not rely on others to write the riffs for me. He's just announced the group's first album, The Beast Awakens, for a 2021 release and has debuted the song "Kings Before You," which features AEW star and Fozzy singer Chris Jericho as well as Vio-Lence, BPMD and ex-Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel.On "Kings Before You," Durbin embraces the power and the might of classic heavy metal, as if a sword running through the band logo wasn't indicative enough that this is a throwback to a time when metal was overrun by mythic tales of ages long gone."2020 has been such a strange year for all of us," reflected Durbin. Chris Jericho + Phil Demmel
Filed Under: chris jericho, james durbin, Phil DemmelCategories: News "Coincidentally, our shelter in place order happened just as I had begun writing for the album. They really share my vision for the type of metal I wish to create and we’re all excited to see where it will lead," said Durbin. "The fact that the album sounds the way it does, with the way it was recorded, is a testament to the passion of everyone involved. No, noWhen your kingdom is collapsing – Your fortress disappearsEvery serpent’s in a whisper – Coiling lies around your earsShed the dead skin from around you – Purge what enemies are nearMoving fast to burn their bridges – Guiding light will soon appearYes, you! Joe DiVitaPublished: November 19, 2020Frontiers Music SRLShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSinger James Durbin, formerly of Quiet Riot and of American Idol acclaim, has formed a new band, dubbed Durbin. And then to write the lyrics and melodies too."Read the lyrics to "Kings Before You" below and hear the new song further down the page.Sitting high atop the mountain – Over all there is to seeThe dark side of a rainbow – Touched the earth beside of meFrom the sky descends the wizard – As he spreads his hands apartManifesting right before me – Holding out the sacred heartHe says You! I am very grateful for all the love and care that was given to my songs and I can’t wait to unleash my metal upon the world."James Durbin, "Kings Before You" Feat.

"The Hermit Saints"08. "Entitlement"06. Joe DiVitaPublished: November 19, 2020Rui VascoShare on FacebookShare on TwitterPortugal's veteran ministers of goth metal, Moonspell, are set to make their return in 2021 with their 13th album, The Hermitage, which will be released on Feb. It’s not a question of race, gender, class or education. "The Great Leap Forward" (7" vinyl – available in deluxe box)See Moonspell in the Best Metal Bands From 40 Countries 
Source: Moonspell Return With ‘The Greater Good’ + 13th Album ‘Hermitage’
Filed Under: moonspellCategories: News "Without Rule"10. "Apophthegmata"09. "Common Prayers"03. "Solitarian"07. A preview of what's coming is available now via a music video for the first single, "The Greater Good."Encroaching their 30th anniversary (which will be in 1992), Moonspell remain as venerable a pillar of chilling goth metal tinged with blackened overtones, as evidenced by "The Greater Good."Always capable of provoking thought, singer Fernando Ribeiro, reflected on the meaning of this new track, which certainly has significance in regards to current events worldwide, underscoring the ugliness and violence we see today is of our own making and, in turn, it's up to us to turn it around."The Greater Good" is a sociological concept implying the benefit of the public, of more people than oneself. It’s vital we renew our communities’ ties, our humanly behavior. Pre-order the album, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez (Paradise Lost, Primordial, Ghost, Sólstafir) at Orgone Studios in the U.K., hereMoonspell, "For the Greater Good"Moonspell, Hermitage Album Art + Track ListingNapalm Records01. With a “screenplay” designed by myself, and put together by director Guilherme Henriques (Gaerea, Black Crippled Phoenix, Schammasch) The Greater Good strikes at the deep contrast of our priorities as human beings. "The Greater Good"02. 26 through Napalm Records. "Darkness in Paradise" (Candlemass cover – available on LP, deluxe box, MC + mediabook)12. To do which is better and more correct. The plot evidentiate the daily clash between the problems we could never or never wanted to solve; and our 'first world preoccupations.' The cult of the body versus the African famine; the killing of the innocent versus the second amendment; the beauty of monuments against the ugliness of violence.We are all responsible for the things we see here. "All or Nothing"04. It’s a question of conscience. For the greater good, for the greatest evil. Unfortunately, a lot of wrong- doing and pure evil actions were taken on behalf of this principle both by world leaders, and citizens. Only we can save us from ourselves.Watch the video for "For the Greater Good" below and view the album art and track for Hermitage further down the page. "Hermitage"05. "City Quitter" (Outro)Bonus Tracks11.

It’s really quite touching, and the track also shows off Philip Anselmo’s vocal range.”Hereafter”by ArchitectsI can barely even think about this song without tearing up. Terrible and beautiful at the same time.”In the End”by Linkin ParkIf you were born sometime in the ‘90s and like to scream your feelings, there’s a pretty good chance this is the band that introduced you to the concept.Emotional, heavy music just wouldn’t be the same without Linkin Park, so of course they must be here.”Suicide Season”by Bring Me the HorizonRemember when Bring Me The Horizon were a deathcore band? / How do I tell them that your friends are always there / When nobody gives a fuck?””Aerials”by System of a DownI’ll be totally honest with you: I’m not 100 percent sure what this song is even about. This one is both really pretty and also makes me want to die.”All My Friends”by Knocked LooseOldham, Kentucky’s Knocked Loose released this track on their 2019 album Mistakes Like Fractures, and it really captures the feeling of crippling isolation that can overcome you even when you have “friends.”The line that really gets me: “How do I tell my kids that growing up doesn't suck? “Hereafter” was the second single the band released from 2018’s Holy Hell, their first album after losing guitarist and lyricist Tom Searle after a three-year battle with cancer.Architects have been such an inspiration by openly discussing their loss and showing that you can find the strength to carry on when faced with adversity, even if you feel broken. Like many of the entries on this list, this is a song about loss.It tells the story of a loved one who has died, and the narrator would like to join her in the afterlife. Source: 13 Heavy Songs We’ve Definitely Cried To
Filed Under: architects, Beartooth, Bring Me the Horizon, Counterparts, Every Time I Die, Knocked Loose, Linkin Park, Mastodon, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, system of a down, type o negativeCategories: News As a human totally ruled by my cat, it has to be “Bloody Kisses.” What does this song have to do with cats you ask? Peter Steele wrote this mournful track from the album of the same name about the loss of his pet cat, Venus, which somehow makes it even sadder."No one wants to hear a guy who's six-foot-eight with long black hair and fangs crying about his fuckin' cat, so I had to make it extremely metaphorical," the singer said of the song.For the record, I (and plenty of others) definitely want to hear this raven-haired giant cry about his fuckin’ cat.”Petal”by Every Time I DieI must be allergic to this song, because every time it comes on my damn eyes start watering.Written while vocalist / lyricist Keith Buckley watched his wife and newborn daughter fight for their lives in the hospital following complications during childbirth, the lyrics are pretty dark across all of Every Time I Die’s 2017 album Low Teens, but this one hits me a little harder for some reason.Anyway, this song is like a really bleak poem being screamed over chaos. These 13 Heavy Songs We've Definitely Cried To.Listen, if life is the rollercoaster we all claim it to be, then red-lined and adrenalized rock and metal that makes us feel good just isn't going to be our 24/7 soundtrack. Rabab Al-SharifPublished: November 19, 2020Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Neilson Barnard, Stringer/Getty Images / Jim Steinfeldt, Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSadness — it's one of the strongest human emotions and something everyone feels, whether they're bottling it up, bawling their eyes out, putting on a brave face or just plain refusing to admit it. In heavy music, sadness is often resigned (to the tune of poor jokes) for emo and '80s hair ballads. This tearjerker from back in those days is the final track from their sophomore album Suicide Season, and it’s about watching someone you love suffer from a terrible loss.The lyrics reflect just wanting to be able to make that person feel whole again: “If sorrow could build a staircase or tears could show the way / I would climb my way to heaven and bring him back home again.””Sick and Disgusting”by BeartoothCaleb Shomo’s vocal delivery on this track from Beartooth’s 2014 album Disgusting is so raw and pained that it’s actually uncomfortable to listen to. Members of System have said it doesn’t really have a specific meaning.But, I can guarantee a decent handful of you were sad preteens listening to this as you swam through the void. Our proof? This song really takes you through that journey.”Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)”by Type O NegativeHow do you choose just one Type O song to cry to? Yeah, that’s what this song is about.It can seem a little dramatic at times (Now, as I die for you / My flesh still crawls as I breathe your name / All these years, thought I was wrong / Now I know it was you), but, you know what, you never needed them anyway.”Bouqet”by CounterpartsFor being such a lighthearted and funny band on Twitter, Counterparts write some truly soul crushing songs. You are, and you don’t need me to explain why this song is here!”Cemetery Gates”by PanteraWho knew the Cowboys From Hell had such a soft side? We're here to tell you that's just not true. This is a truly heartbreaking piece of music.”Oblivion”by MastodonIf the lyrics, “I tried to burrow a hole into the ground/Breaking all the fingers and the nails from my hands,” don’t make you feel something on their own go check out their annotation on Genius.”In My Darkest Hour”by MegadethHas anyone ever done you so dirty that just the sound of their name makes you sick? It's all about relating to various aspects of life, both difficult and enjoyable.Grieving over the death of a pet? So was hulking Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele, which is why he wrote "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" using his sardonic wit to trick you into thinking it's about anything but his late cat.Life hurts from all angles and there's a song for whatever you may need. Now, grab some tissues as we get in touch with our sensitive side.”Fade to Black”by MetallicaAdmit it: You’re already crying. Well, I guess the millions of people who have heard “Cemetery Gates” did.

The tunes' sole purpose was to help raise both awareness and funding for Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.The topic undoubtedly hits home for the four members of System of a Down — Malakian plus singer Serj Tankan, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan — all of whom share Armenian-American heritage.And while further new songs might not be a priority for the act's members going forward, listeners' response to the two new System of a Down tunes clearly touched the band."We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your incredible support of our campaign for the people of Artsakh, and for donating to provide for those in dire need via the Armenia Fund," the group said in a note on their website. Philip TrappPublished: November 19, 2020YouTube: System of DownShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe two new songs from System of a Down, the rockers' first fresh material in 15 years, have reached the top of Billboard's hard rock chart.That's quite a feat for both "Protect the Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz," which debuted at No. 1 and No 2, in the same order, on Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Songs Sales chart.All the grander is that "Protect the Land" is the first No. 12, per tallies from Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Although, as the music industry magazine and tab keeper noted, "both lists started after the band's most hit-packed era (Hard Rock Digital Song Sales in 2007 and Hot Hard Rock Songs earlier this year)."That said, don't hold your breath for more new stuff from System of a Down. 1 on either chart for System of a Down. 1 and No. 21.According to Billboard, "Land" hit the top slot with a total of 2.7 million streams in the United States and 5,000 downloads sold in the seven-day period that ended on Nov. 2, respectively, on the Hot Hard Rock Songs ranking for the week ending Nov. Guitarist Daron Malakian recently told Guitar World he's "not expecting to do any more with SOAD right away or immediately after this."After not releasing anything since the singles culled from 2005's Hypnotize, the double A-side single of "Protect the Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz" emerged earlier this month. "Because of you, we will be able to help displaced civilians, young and old, who are affected by the hideous war crimes inflicted upon Artsakh by Azerbaijan and Turkey."Watch a recent interview with the band about the cause below.System of a Down, "Speaking Out for Artsakh" Band InterviewSee System of a Down in the 66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century
Source: System of a Down’s New Songs Take the Top of Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart
Filed Under: system of a downCategories: News "Humanoidz" was right behind it, with 1.8 million streams and 5,000 downloads sold.With those impressive numbers, the tracks also hit No.

At first, it felt uninspiring and now I’ve been totally ignited."The news elicited a myriad of reactions both positive and negative, but Halford has shared his support for the former Hannah Montana star. "We’re so lucky to be able to continue to work on our art during all of this. Graham HartmannPublished: November 19, 2020Erik Voake, Getty Images / Hachette BooksShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe Metal God has spoken. The pop star also shared a list of collaborators for the album, which include Joan Jett and Billy Idol.15 Rock + Metal Bands Banned By Disney
Source: Judas Priest’s Rob Halford is Very Excited for Miley Cyrus’ Metallica Covers Album
Filed Under: Judas Priest, miley cyrus, rob halfordCategories: News [via Kerrang!]Delving further into the rock world, Miley recently covered Pearl Jam on MTV Unplugged and announced she’s making a full rock album. One month after it was revealed that Miley Cyrus has been working on a Metallica covers album, Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford has shared his excitement for the pop-goes-metal project.“We’ve been working on a Metallica cover album and I’m here working on that," Cyrus told Interview magazine in October. Like [Lady] Gaga, the voice is everything. "She has an extraordinary voice. “I can’t wait [to hear her Metallica covers album] – that’s going to be great," Halford tells the Life in the Stocks podcast. And she’s a metalhead, she’s always throwing the horns up.”“She is incredible,” he adds. “If you think about her life in show business from being a little kid, and how she’s kept her head on straight… she went a bit mad as a teenager – which you should do, that’s your right, she was expressing herself.

Head here for details.Sweetwater Studios"As terrible as 2020 has been for the entire entertainment industry, creating this livestreaming event has been a nice escape for everyone involved, and we are hoping it has the same effect for our fans," says vocalist Dave Stephens. 3, while We Came as Romans are paired up with Bad Omens for the Friday, Dec. Stay safe everyone, and keep your heads up."We Came as Romans hope to return to touring in 2021 and have already been announced for the 2021 Rock Fest.25 Best Metalcore Albums of All-Time
Source: We Came as Romans Lead ‘The Barricade’ Livestream Event
Filed Under: Bad Omens, Dayseeker, the plot in you, we came as romansCategories: News 4 livestream. "The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been extremely difficult on all of us, but we are thankful to have had the opportunity to be together, play music and be blessed with the resources to share it with our fanbase. Chad ChildersPublished: November 18, 2020AtomSplitter PRShare on FacebookShare on TwitterWe Came as Romans have signed on to head up a two-day livestream event titled "The Barricade" in early December.Hosted by SiriusXM Octane personality Caity Babs, the event will feature The Plot in You and Dayseeker playing Thursday, Dec. Look for the festivities to kick off at 7PM ET / 4PM PT both days.All four acts will have exclusive merch lines created specifically for "The Barricade" event. The event is being put on by Sweetwater Studios.

Source: Charity Auction: Tool-Signed Kitchen Sink, Dio ‘Holy Diver’ Guitar + More
Filed Under: ronnie james dio, ToolCategories: News Chad ChildersPublished: November 18, 2020Charlie Gallay / Paul Kane, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIf you're looking for unique rock memorabilia items, Julien's Auctions have just about everything including the kitchen sink (no really, there's a Tool-signed kitchen sink on the auction block). 2 at 10AM PT, this auction will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Have a look below at the rare item.Julien’s AuctionsThose interested can also bid on stage clothes, vintage music collectibles and guitars and drum heads signed by a variety of celebrities from the music world. There's a Jackson Chris Broderick signature model soloist electric guitar played onstage by Broderick while he was with Megadeth; a Schecter Omen Solo 6 electric guitar signed by 15 musicians including Eddie Money and members of Dio, Quiet Riot and Buckcherry; a variety of tour jackets and collections of vintage Fleetwood Mac and 1960s Beatles memorabilia.To see all the items available for viewing, head over to the auction that is found on pages 250-261 at this location. You'll find guitars signed by Lita Ford, Nancy Wilson of Heart, John 5, Avenged Sevenfold, Motorhead and Slash. It comes with engraved pickup covers and is inscribed with “AP/30” indicating its place in the series.Julien’s AuctionsAnother item that is garnering plenty of attention is an actual kitchen sink that has been autographed by the members of Tool. The upcoming Icons & Idols: Trilogy Rock 'n' Roll auction will be led by new items from Tool and Dio.Taking place on Wednesday, Oct. And as such, one of the key items being auctioned will be a limited edition Les Paul-style electric guitar by ASG that is part of a limited series of 30 featuring the artwork from the Holy Diver album.

For more details, visit the MoPOP website.The 10 Most Influential Grunge Icons of All Time
Source: Metallica, Korn, Corey Taylor + More to Play Alice in Chains MoPOP Founders Award Event
Filed Under: Alice in Chains, billy corgan, corey taylor, Duff McKagan, Korn, MetallicaCategories: News 1 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET on the MoPOP Facebook page, Amazon Music Twitch channel and Amazon Music app. "We're gonna be just as surprised as everybody else. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: November 18, 2020Ethan Miller, Getty Images / UIG via Getty Images / Steve Jennings, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle has chosen Alice in Chains as the recipient of its 2020 Founders Award. In addition to the four previously mentioned artists, the lineup also features Billy Corgan, Duff McKagan, Mastodon, Dave Navarro, Taylor Hawkins, members of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell's daughter Lily Cornell Silver, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and more.Additionally, Eddie Vedder, Sammy Hagar, Tom Morello and other artists will make special appearances.See the lineup below.AIC bassist Mike Inez recently told us about his experience finally getting to perform with his bandmates again up in Seattle."We've been hearing other bands and what songs they're picking to play, so we're really excited to hear it," he enthused. A virtual concert will be held to celebrate the honor, and will feature a performance from the honorees themselves, as well as tribute performances from Metallica, Korn, Corey Taylor and more.The artists featured during the event will be covering select songs from Alice in Chains' vast catalog. Donations are welcome. We're purposely not listening to the stuff because we want to be surprised."The event will take place on Tuesday, Dec.

Vinyl fans can also look for a 2LP version arriving on Jan. The Dallas-based craft brewery Texas Ale Project has announced a new beer collaboration that will bring forth the Pantera Golden Ale in 2021.This will be the first beer to bear the band's name and it registers at 5.4 percent ABV.“We love creating fine ales and enjoy all kinds of music. Chad ChildersPublished: November 18, 2020Ron Natkin, Wire Images / Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe Pantera legacy will continue to be saluted in 2021 with the reveal of a new beer partnership. More details will be released about the beer in January, but for now you can get a look at the Pantera-branded can via a video tweet from the band.In other recent Pantera news, the band's Reinventing the Steel album was recently reissued as a 3-CD set. I couldn’t be more pumped about this project,” says Brent Thompson, Founder and Brewmaster of Texas Ale Project. We’re very excited to unite these two passions together under our roof, this time in partnership with the almighty Pantera. Both versions are available to order via the band's webstore.See Where Dimebag Darrell Ranks Among the Top 66 Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists of All Time
Source: First Ever Pantera Beer Coming in 2021
Filed Under: PanteraCategories: News Look for the brewery to begin offering Pantera Golden Ale in March of next year.Pantera Golden Ale will be crushable with a clean finish and brewed with Cascade and Citra hops. The scheduled release is March 1, 2021 (from Dallas) and it will be available at fine retailers across Texas as well as through Tavour for direct-to-consumer shipping in the United States. 8.

They opened for Metallica in San Francisco that same year, and that played a large part in what was to come.When Metallica's then guitarist Dave Mustaine was fired, Hammett received a call asking if he wanted to audition for them. The first one I learned to play decently was [Jimi Hendrix's] 'Purple Haze,'" he once recalled to Rolling Stone.Hammett's beginnings in the thrash metal scene of the Bay Area didn't start with Metallica. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: November 18, 2020George De Sota, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIf James Hetfield is the face of Metallica, Kirk Hammett is the blood that runs through its veins.The guitarist was born in San Francisco, Calif. He founded Exodus in 1979 with some high school classmates, and they released a demo in 1982. 18, 1962. He developed a fascination for horror and rock 'n' roll during his youth, and eventually picked up the guitar at 15. "I learned by playing along to records hundreds of time. He's been their star shredder ever since.Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of Hammett through the years.November Rock + Metal Rock Star Birthdays
Source: See Photos of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Through the Years
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If this is a question that's weighed heavily on your mind, sweet relief is finally here as one YouTuber embraced the challenge and cut a video of the iconic Metallica song played in the style of Type O.In approaching this concept, there's plenty of reference material to work with in regards to how Type O Negative may have put their own spin on the legendary song off Metallica's 1986 major label debut, Master of Puppets. Don't worry, the "come crawling faster" lyric was left intact, despite the tempo reversal.Pauna even managed to do justice to Peter Steele's bellowing croon, a difficult feat for any singer.Watch the video for the Type O Negative-styled version of "Master of Puppets" below. If you need some more Pete Steele cover glory in your life, head here for our ranking of the 11 Best Cover Songs by Type O Negative.If Type O Negative Wrote "Master of Puppets"The Jobs 26 Rock + Metal Musicians Had Before They Were Famous
Source: Listen: If Type O Negative Wrote Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’
Filed Under: Metallica, type o negativeCategories: News Joe DiVitaPublished: November 18, 2020George De Sota, Redferns/Getty Images / ElektraShare on FacebookShare on TwitterWhat would Metallica's "Master of Puppets" sound like if it were written (or covered) by Type O Negative? Here, he took on "Master of Puppets" in the same vein Type O covered Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" — slowing speeding riffs down to a crawl. Traditionally, the band's cover selections have deviated quite far from the original versions, leaving a lot of wiggle room on what "Master of Puppets" could potentially sound like, draped in the gothic majesty of the legendary Brooklyn-based group.YouTuber Denis Pauna, who has uploaded other videos playing various metal hits in the style of a different and popular metal group, nailed the essence of Type O Negative's distinct sound.

The "Christmas Burns Red" 2020 Livestream event takes place on Saturday, Dec. Chad ChildersPublished: November 17, 2020Fearless RecordsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAugust Burns Red are certainly in the Christmas spirit today, revealing their annual Christmas cover, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," and announcing plans for their "Christmas Burns Red" concert, which this year will be a virtual event.If you've grown tired of being bombarded by the sugary sweet Mariah Carey holiday classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" seemingly tied to every commercial break, August Burns Red give it the metallic edge it's always needed. There's no super high Mariah notes either as August Burns Red make this an instrumental version."This year, we decided to take a crack at the legendary Mariah Carey song 'All I Want For Christmas Is You," says JB Brubaker. We can't wait to play for you again!"Get your tickets for the "Christmas Burns Red" livestream show at this location and pick up the Guardians album here (As Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases).August Burns Red, "All I Want for Christmas Is You"August Burns Red25 Best Metalcore Albums of All-Time
Source: August Burns Red Cover Mariah Carey Christmas Classic, Announce Livestream Christmas Show
Filed Under: August Burns RedCategories: News 12 at 8PM ET / 5PM PT.This year the group intends to play songs from their Guardians album live for the first time, and you can expect a festival holiday stage setup for the performance. The band also has a new line of merch items and VIP package options tied to the show."Doing an annual holiday show has been a long-standing tradition for ABR," says Brubaker. While we are bummed we can't play for everyone in person, we are doing everything we can to make sure that this year's 'Christmas Burns Red' is bigger and better than ever. I'm proud of how it came out and think it will be a staple for people looking for a little more metal in their holiday playlists." You can pick up the track here.Bringing more good tidings today, August Burns Red have announced the details for their annual "Christmas Burns Red" concert, which will shift to the online world thanks to the current pandemic. This will be our first time playing a bunch of new songs off of Guardians, and we are putting the finishing touches on our biggest stage production to date. "This turned out to be one of the most fun holidays songs we've ever done, and a real head spinner for me on the guitar leads. "This will be our 15th consecutive year, and we didn't want to let COVID-19 end the streak.

You will see Avatar as you've never seen us before. This is something we'll create together. Instead, what we are setting out to do is a series of shows we could never do on a normal stage. You can also add ticket bundles featuring T-shirts, hoodies, vinyl and commemorative laminates. We have missed you.”The schedule for the four-part concert series is as follows:Saturday, January 9 – Age of Dreams (Hunter Gatherer from start to finish plus Avatars biggest songs)Saturday, January 16 – Age of Illusions (Feathers & Flesh and Avatar Country fan voted set list)Saturday, January 23 – Age of Madness (Black Waltz and Hail the Apocalypse fan voted set list)Saturday, January 30 – Age of Memories (Thoughts of No Tomorrow, Schlacht and Avatar fan voted set list)Each livestream debuts on its respective date at 1PM PT / 4PM ET / 10PM CET and remains on-demand for 72 hours.Fans can purchase tickets for individual shows or as a four-pack featuring each of the concert events. Head here for your ticketing information.eOneAvatar Ages Concert Series Trailer2020's Best Metal Songs (So Far)
Source: Avatar Announce Four-Part Livestream Concert Series
Filed Under: AvatarCategories: News Each of the remaining shows will consist of fan-voted setlists, as chosen by the ticket purchasers, featuring material from Avatar Country, Feathers & Flesh, Hail The Apocalypse, Black Waltz, Thoughts of No Tomorrow, Schlacht and Avatar.Frontman Johannes Eckerstrom says, “Nothing can top the feeling of standing eye to eye with the roaring beast that is a metal crowd, hungry for blood. There will also be a limited number of virtual meet-and-greet experiences. We enter this with a game plan like no other, but ultimately the power is yours. More music, more madness. The first show will be a full live performance of their most recent album, Hunter Gatherer. The group has just announced a series of concert streams, titled Avatar Ages – An Impossible Concert Experience, that will play out over the month of January.There will be four concert film experiences in all, starting on Jan. 9 and featuring music from across the band's catalog. Chad ChildersPublished: November 17, 2020eOneShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAvatar have shown themselves to be a band with grand vision, so it should come as no surprise that in this period where many acts are connecting with fans via livestream concerts, they are going a little bigger in their scope.

As intriguing as that may be, there are a few acts you might expect to be in the Top 25 overall who just missed the cut.To see the full list of over 550 acts and their monthly Spotify streaming listenership, you can subscribe to Downey's Stream N' Destroy newsletter here. At The Disco, Paramore, Pearl Jam, queen, red hot chili peppers, scorpions, Spotify, system of a down, The Offspring, Twenty One Pilots, Van HalenCategories: News It should come as no surprise that AC/DC rank near the top, especially given the recent anticipation for their Power Up. Below we count down the Top 25 and share their monthly streaming listenership on Spotify.There are certain bands you expect to be there. Downey has compiled a list of over 550 rock, metal, punk and hardcore artists and their monthly streaming numbers via his Stream N' Destroy newsletter. Ryan J DowneyPublished: November 17, 2020Ethan Miller / Kevork Djansezian / Keystone, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterStreaming continues to be a growing trend in music listenership and Spotify continues its reign as a streaming giant. Likewise, the 20th anniversary of Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory rallied a rush of nostalgia for the hugely influential band over the course of 2020.Meanwhile acts like Queen and Guns N' Roses both made the Top 10 for Spotify monthly listeners, showing that fans have followed them to streaming and continued to embrace their music there even without major 2020 plans. It's full of hard rock and metal industry news. And also be sure to check out Downey's Speak N' Destroy podcast at this location.Top 25 Rock + Metal Bands Based on Spotify Monthly Listeners 
Source: 25 Massive Rock + Metal Bands Ranked by Spotify Monthly Listeners
Filed Under: AC/DC, Aerosmith, blink-182, bon jovi, fall out boy, foo fighters, green day, Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Linkin Park, Metallica, Nirvana, Panic! Loudwire contributor Ryan J.

Now, none of that really means anything to me … It's all good. We just did a bunch of interviews, and sometimes, if I am being interviewed by a journalist who is also a fan, they'll say, 'When people say Lars Ulrich is a shitty drummer, I defend you.' Which is cool, but I've got to tell you, 20 years later, 30 years later, it just doesn't register anymore.” [via Blabbermouth]Earlier this year, Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen looked back on recording Ride the Lightning with the band. “20 or 30 years ago, we would all sit and fucking read every page of Kerrang! and every page of Circus magazine, see what so-and-so's saying and what the other band members were saying, what James [Hetfield] was saying about this and that. Then he could play a really good fill that nobody else had thought of doing at that time."Top 25 Rock + Metal Bands Based on Spotify Monthly Listeners 
Source: Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Reacts to Drumming Criticism: I’ve Got Nothing Left to Prove
Filed Under: lars ulrich, MetallicaCategories: News Now there's just none of that. Graham HartmannPublished: November 17, 2020Share on FacebookShare on TwitterMetallica’s Lars Ulrich has nothing left to prove as a drummer. "The very first thing I asked when he started playing was, 'Does everything start on an upbeat?' And he went, 'What's an upbeat?'""We started telling him about beats," Rasmussen continued. I also don't really read what people say about Metallica.”“20 years ago, it would've been, 'Oh, my God, somebody said something bad,' or, 'That person said a nasty comment in the comments section,' or whatever. "I thought he was absolutely useless," Rasmussen said about Ulrich to Metal Hammer. "That they have to be an equal length of time between that hit, that hit and that hit, and you have to be able to count to four before you come in again. I've got nothing left to prove, so it just doesn't register anymore."Ulrich adds, “I’m literally immune to it. fan club magazine, Ulrich discussed how he’s evolved when it comes to handling criticism about his playing.Despite his decades of work forming and growing the biggest metal band of all time, Lars Ulrich has faced mountains of criticism for his drumming technique, turning over fan names during his fight against Napster, his treatment of bandmates in the Some Kind of Monster documentary and more."Unlike years ago, I basically don't read any of the interviews that the other guys [in Metallica] do,” Ulrich tells the zine. While speaking to Metallica’s So What!